Bhubaneswar: TheBiju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday unveiled the election manifesto for women promising to provide `5,000-crore government work every year to the Self Help Groups (SHGs) under “Mission Shakti”.
“As women are the real double engines of growth, BJD’s manifesto for them promises `5,000 crore of work to further strengthen Mission Shakti which will give them `500 crore profit,” said the Chief Minister.
Addressing a rally in Nuapada, he said the women SHGs will be given government jobs like management of mid-day meal (MDM), public distribution system (PDS), paddy procurement, Ashram schools, hospital, transportation and supply of school uniform.
He also promised to provide accidental insurance facility for every member of the SHGs and zero-interest loan up to `5 lakh to all the SHGs. Patnaik promised to hike medical assistance for women under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) from `7 lakh to `10 lakh.
He also promised to provide free education for girls from KG to college level, including medical and engineering courses, if the BJD wins the elections. The Chief Minister also promised to provide marriage assistance of` 25,000 to poor families.